Because of COVID: Giving Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love.

Psalm 107:1, 8, 15, 21, 31

“Because of COVID…”

Well, that’s certainly the statement of the year, isn’t it? And it could pester us again at the end of 2021 and beyond.

Like me, maybe your first thought is what this pandemic has cost you and you’ve catalogued all you’ve lost.

Because of COVID, I’ve lost the freedom to interact freely in social gatherings and at church, working that required mask smile into my eyes with greater effort…wondering if the one I’ve waved to is, in fact, who I think he is.

Uh, that is the pastor, isn’t it?

Seated at restaurants (which are still in business), I lean toward the masked waitress, hand cupped behind my ear. “You said which items on the menu are no longer offered?”

The new rule in retail shops is, “If you touch that, ma’am, you’ll have to pay for it.” (Who knew handcrafted, glazed pottery pieces could be so expensive).

Because of COVID, I can no longer …

Because of COVID, I’ve lost…

Because of COVID, I’m restricted to…

But what if I flipped this contagious thing on its head and considered what I would not have if it weren’t for the pandemic?

What if I gave the Lord genuine thanks for COVID?

Because of COVID, what have I gained? (besides a few pounds)

Some thoughts are:

*Ready access to people and events through Zoom without fear of spreading or contracting anything.

*Virtual attendance to events and conferences and celebrations which, otherwise, would be cost prohibitive if travel were added to the expense.

*Closer quarters among family has given opportunity for more conversation.

*The plethora of online church services make listening on the road a possibility that wasn’t available before.

*Grocery curbside pick up eliminates impulsive, end-cap purchases.

Struggle, loss, hardship. They serve a definitive purpose and remind me God is actively at work, whether I see and understand or not.

Because of COVID, I more readily lift my chin to Jesus to see his calm, unruffled—and unmasked—face, raging storms of uncertainty and loss an ever-fading backdrop.

Because of COVID, my prayers have surged to greater depths, my faith in God more precious.

And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

He is good.

His love is unfailing and eternal.

Because of COVID, I am duly reminded of that.

Because of COVID, I have more reasons to frustrate the enemy, whose time is short (Revelation 12:12), and who, therefore, binges on ingratitude and sniffs around for grumbling.

Because of COVID, I have more reasons to “Consider the great love of the Lord.Psalm 107:43

How has the pandemic benefitted you? How have you experienced his unfailing love because of it?

Mary

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8 Comments

  1. Mary Witherspoon says:

    What a way to look at this. I often say ‘look at things from a different perspective’. Thank you for opening our eyes even more to the goodness and blessings of the Lord, even in this.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Yes, I’ve been working on seeing all things through God’s perspective, looking for what’s good. Not always my default response though. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

  2. Dear Mary,
    Thanks for sharing this positive perspective. Because of Covid, the Lord has granted me a clearer ministry focus. This has enabled me to zero in on what’s most important: putting Christ first and sharing Him with others.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      You do have even more motivation to put Christ first and share him. Thankful he’s sharpened your focus. Many are listening eagerly for a word of hope and reassurance in the midst of uncertainty. Blessings to you as you press onward in your speaking/writing ministry, Emily!

  3. It really is about having an attitude of gratitude. Yes, 2020 has had enormous challenges, but it has also had tremendous blessings for me as well. For one, I have been able to talk more boldly with unsaved colleagues about spiritual things, and offer prayer for them. It’s seed-planting time! Thank you for all of these beautiful thoughts.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      COVID has opened up the floodgates of conversation among others, hasn’t it? Thankful you’ve capitalized on this at work and used it to point to the Lord. I love the concept of seed-bearing time! Thanks for sharing, Erin.

  4. Karen Malley says:

    Thanks for this perspective, Mary. Because of Covid, I’ve spent more time with my family and have more time to work on my writing ministry.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      I love to know that, Karen! Many of us have more time but we aren’t necessarily using it to fulfill the call on our lives. Rather, we focus on the COVID issue and become gloomy and unproductive. May God bless your efforts to contribute his message to a world in desperate need of it.

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